Easter Monday in Switzerland in 2025

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Easter Monday
  Dates of Easter Monday in Switzerland
2025 Apr 21
AargauMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 21Regional Holiday
2024 Apr 1
AargauMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 1Regional Holiday
2023 Apr 10
AargauMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 10Regional Holiday
2022 Apr 18
AargauMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 18Regional Holiday
2021 Apr 5
AargauMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday

Easter is probably the most important holiday of the Christian year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

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Easter Monday internationally
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When is Easter Monday?

Easter Monday is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday.

In many countries in Europe and South America, this day is known as "Little Easter". The Catholic Church calls it "Monday of the Angel".

Formerly, it was celebrated as Easter Week in many places but this was reduced to a one-day celebration in the 19th century.

Emperor Constantine (272-337 AD) imposed eight consecutive public holidays in Rome, a period called the “Octave of Easter”. Monday, like other days, was a public holiday. Masses were held every day to celebrate the Easter feast. During this period, pilgrims could also take the opportunity to travel to Rome. This Easter octave, however, came to an end under Napoleon Bonaparte.

From 1801 and the signing of the Concordat with the Pope, the then-First Consul undertook to reorganize the practices of the Catholic Church of France. He also removed public holidays, which numbered 50 at the time. Napoleon chose to keep Assumption, Ascension, Christmas and All Saints. On the other hand, it abolished the public holiday week following Easter, keeping only one day exempt from work: Monday. 

What is Easter?

Easter (also called Pascha) is generally accounted the most important holiday of the Christian year, observed in March or April each year to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his death by crucifixion (see Good Friday), which Christians believe happened at about this time of year, almost two thousand years ago. (Easter can also refer to the season of the church year, lasting for nearly two months, which follows this holiday and ends around Pentecost)

Orthodox Easter date

Orthodox churches such as the Greek church, base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, while other Christians use the Gregorian calendar.

Why is it called Easter?

The name Easter is derived from 'Ostara' or 'Eostre', a pagan goddess of fertility, whose feast was celebrated on the Vernal Equinox. The word East is also derived from her names, as is Oestrogen, the female hormone. In Saxon culture, the Hare was sacred to Ostara and the modern tradition of the Easter Bunny is a distant echo of that.

However, In most languages other than English and German, the holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked, as the Gospel of John states that the last supper took place during a specific part of the Passover traditions.

Easter, therefore, depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar.

Deciding on a date

The dates when Easter is celebrated varies from year to year. Why is this different from another Christian holiday, such as Christmas day, which is always on Dec 25th?

The problem is that the Gospels are pretty vague on the date of Easter. Matthew, Mark and Luke indicate one date, whereas John indicates a different date. Another factor is that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. To early Christians, his return for a second time was imminent, therefore they didn't worry too much about dates.

As the centuries passed, this lack of clarity around the date meant there was no standard date for Easter. For example by the late Third Century, if you travelled around Europe, you could celebrate Easter several times in the space of a few weeks. In Alexandria, Easter was always April 25th; in Rome, it was April 18th and in parts of Gaul, it was celebrated on March 21st. In fact, in parts of Celtic Britain, the crucifixion was commemorated on a Thursday instead of a Friday.

It was only after several attempts to set a standard date for Easter, that the formula of the Alexandrian Church was accepted as the correct way to determine the date. With this method and a passing nod to the method of calculating Passover, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon whose 14th day is on or after the Vernal Equinox. (see for the accountants in the audience below for the exact formula)

The earliest date that Easter can be is March 22nd and the latest is April 25th.

Easter Eggs

Modern Easter celebrations revolve around eggs. They may be painted, rolled down hills or eaten if they are of the chocolate variety. The Christian tradition of an egg is an aid to represent rebirth and resurrection - new life being born from the egg. It's also been said that egg recalls the shape of the stone that rolled away on Easter Sunday form the tomb that held Jesus' body.

This egg tradition is almost certainly a distillation of a much older pagan custom celebrating spring. The ancient Persians celebrated their new year at the time of the vernal equinox by painting eggs.

Its adoption into the Christian traditions would have been quite seamless, as eggs are banned during the period of Lent preceding Easter - in fact in many households the last eggs before Easter would have been used to make Pancakes on Pancake Tuesday.

If you’re looking for another way to enjoy eggs during the Easter season, check out Bessieres, France, on Easter Monday, when the locals cook up 15,000 eggs to create a giant omelette.

Easter Quiz

Put your Easter knowledge to the test with our fun and challenging multiple-choice quiz! From the history of Easter to the traditions and symbols associated with the holiday, this quiz covers it all. With nine questions ranging from easy to hard, you’re sure to learn something new and have a hoppy time along the way! So, grab some chocolate eggs, gather your family and friends, and see who comes out on top as the ultimate Easter ‘eggs’pert!

Where is Easter Monday a public holiday?

For the Accountants in the audience

how to calculate the date of Easter.

The rule is that Easter is the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after March 21. The lunar cycles used by the ecclesiastical system are simple to program. The following algorithm will compute the date of Easter in the Gregorian Calendar system.

The algorithm uses the year, y, to give the month, m, and day, d, of Easter. The symbol * means multiply.

Please note the following: This is an integer calculation. All variables are integers and all remainders from division are dropped.

c = y / 100 n = y - 19 * ( y / 19 ) k = ( c - 17 ) / 25 i = c - c / 4 - ( c - k ) / 3 + 19 * n + 15 i = i - 30 * ( i / 30 ) i = i - ( i / 28 ) * ( 1 - ( i / 28 ) * ( 29 / ( i + 1 ) ) * ( ( 21 - n ) / 11 ) ) j = y + y / 4 + i + 2 - c + c / 4 j = j - 7 * ( j / 7 ) l = i - j m = 3 + ( l + 40 ) / 44 d = l + 28 - 31 * ( m / 4 )

For example, using the year 2010,
n=2010 - 19 x (2010/19) = 15,
etc. resulting in Easter on April 4, 2010.

Did you know?

Three facts about Easter Monday

In America, after Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year.

The custom of giving eggs at this time of year was done by the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for all of whom the egg was a symbol of life.

The first chocolate Easter eggs were produced in 1873 by Fry's in England.

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